Show Dog Judges Profiles


, Patricia Oregon,


  • AKC:

    Working, Non-Sporting, Herding

Pat Hastings has been involved in the dog world since 1959. Her career has progressed from owner-handler to breeder, professional handler, educator and AKC judge for the Working, Herding and Non-Sporting Groups, 11 Terrier Breeds, Junior Handling and Best In Show. Her credentials range from 4-H leadership to show chair of the 1995 Doberman Pinscher National Specialty, to DPCA Judges Education to participation on a number of panels and committees concerning canine structure and health issues. She has authored many articles that have appeared in a variety of publications, such as the Doberman Review, Dog News, NAIA News and the AKC Gazette. Over years of research, Pat and her husband, the late E.R. "Bob" Hastings, developed the structural evaluation process detailed in the highly acclaimed Puppy Puzzle video and new DVD (1998, 2007). Pat has been doing a presentation, based on the Hastings' evaluation process, at National Specialties throughout the United States for seventeen years. In addition Pat also does numerous other presentations. Besides teaching others this structural evaluation process, Pat also evaluates an average of 350 litters per year across all groups, including many of the rare breeds. When the Hastings retired from professional handling in 1990, Pat was already presenting her popular seminar, Tricks of the Trade, to dog fanciers in the United States and Canada. The seminar was so well received that, with the assistance of Erin Ann Rouse, Pat wrote and published her book, "Tricks of the Trade: From Best Intentions to Best In Show" (2000), based on her seminar. This book was revised and re-released in 2005. She also has an addition book titled "Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development" (2004).